• New Mutants Movie: Illusions of Diversity

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    • March 12, 2017

    Over half a year ago I talked about how the upcoming New Mutants movie–which was still in the early stages of development–did not choose to include the character Xi’an Coy Manh/Karma in the team lineup. Karma was a founding member of the New Mutants team, but throughout her publication history, she has been sidelined by writers who

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  • Movies That Moved Me In 2016

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    I’m not particularly interested in Best Of lists. After the third list it gets stale and instead of discussing art that moved us, the discourse instead seems to focus on who wrote the best list, what rank the obviously good things appeared in. So this year I asked our writers to tell me about the

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  • The Future of Wolverine in the X-Men Films

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    I’m a die hard X-Men fan, and even the bad press of X-Men: Apocalypse couldn’t keep me away from the theatre on opening day. I wasn’t as let down as I thought I might be—the performances really saved a lot of the movie (which is a recurring theme for the franchise). But the best part

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  • Doctor Strange and the Ancient One: Marvel’s Issues with Real-World Politics

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    Advertisers traditionally hold that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but Marvel’s Doctor Strange might just be the exception. Though the comic book version of Doctor Strange learns magic from a Tibetan character known as “The Ancient One,” the movie adaptation’s newest teaser trailer reveals that Marvel has changed the setting of Doctor Strange’s

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  • The Feminization of Bucky Barnes

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    In case you haven’t noticed, women really like the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Bucky Barnes. Surprisingly, the direct question of “why?” does not seem to have been asked, which suggests that the question of “what women want” isn’t actually something men are that interested in after all. However, after discussing this with other women and analyzing

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  • The Sharon Carter Problem: How Marvel Keeps Failing Female Characters

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    Marvel movies are, by and large, not romances. And that’s okay. When I go to the theater to see a superhero movie, I don’t need to see anyone falling in love. If a romance can be played well within the confines of a rich and compelling superhero story, I’m not going to complain—I’m a sucker

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